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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
Health & Fitness

We Tried It: Boogie Mist for Stuffy Noses

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Available at Publix, Target, Walgreens and Walmart, and online at boogiewipes.com; $6.29 for 3-ounce mist and $3.99 for 30-count wipes

The pitch: “The unique delivery system and scent ring of the Boogie Mist dispenser makes the process of delivering a gentle, doctor recommended saline mist to your child’s nose much easier. Boogie Wipes are made with saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments.”

The skinny: These products are marketed for children, but anyone with a sensitive and stuffed-up nosed will want to try them.

I wish I’d had Boogie Mist when I lived in Colorado and my nose got so dry it would bleed. The saline I used then was messy and uncomfortable; Boogie Mist’s “Schnozzle” delivers the solution (purified water and 0.9 percent sodium chloride) without the dripping. And the “fresh scent” is pleasant but not overwhelming.

I often have a stuffy nose first thing in the morning (particularly after sleeping with the window open or with the ceiling fan on). This gentle mist quickly clears my sinuses, and the scent helps me wake up. I now use it before I go for my morning run.

The bottle includes directions for flushing and irrigating or simply moisturizing.

The wipes are softer than many I’ve tried, and way better than a tissue. They stay moist — but not dripping wet — after the package is opened. And the menthol scent is light but effective for clearing a bit of stuffiness. I keep a pack in the bathroom and in the guest bedroom where the tissues used to be.

Kim Franke-Folstad

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